Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: Life Creative by Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge,from Litfuse Publicity, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



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Is there room for creativity and children in a mother's life? 

What was God thinking when He created you creativeand then gave you children?


Creative moms often feel as though they must lay their passions down. But God had something special in mind for the creative woman during this intense season of mothering.

In this Pinterest age of handcrafted children's parties, Instagram photos of beautifully decorated homes, and blogs filled with poetry and prose, it is clear that we are in the midst of a brand new artistic renaissance. Not one born in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs, but rather in kitchens, nurseries, and living rooms around the world. Mothers, working in the cracks and crevices of each hectic day, are adorning the world with their gifts, and they're showing all of us the beauty of this Life Creative.

In this book, you'll learn:


-Why the world needs your art
-How this Life Creative begins at home
-When art can turn a profit
-Your part in this modern day Renaissance

 Life Creative. paints the stories of moms, just like you, who are fitting their inspired lives into the everyday, ordinary places of motherhood. Women like home decorator Melissa Michaels and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard, author Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and many more.


Review:

If you were a creative person before motherhood, you might feel like all that energy got zapped with all those sleepless nights, and trying to just keep up with photos and a scrapbook! But down deep, you know your creative side is still there and begging to come out. This book reminds you that it IS still there and it just needs to be re-awakened, and sometimes you can even make it your new goal, and you truly can have a job you LOVE, that expresses all that creativity! As Miss Grace got older, it seemed like that creativity came back. For example, I started this blog when she was a toddler. It was a way for me to be creative, but not in a visual arts way. The authors have an explanation for that, and it makes perfect sense. God puts us where he needs us, and sometimes it's not what we think. But then he surprises us and it comes back in unexpected ways. Another example, Miss Grace is starting homeschooling next week. That means lots and lots of at home experiments, art classes and history projects! I get to show HER how to pull out her creativity, and in doing so, mine has a new outlet! AHA. God's plans always can surprise us! This is an inspiring book for those who need the push to bring back their creative ways, or to get started.




About the Authors:


Wendy Speake is a trained actress and heartfelt teacher. She ministers to women's hearts through storytelling and life applications, utilizing drama, comedy, poetry and the study of God's Word. During her career in Hollywood, Speake found herself longing to tell stories that edify and encourage women. She is the author of Triggers: Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses (BRU Press, 2015). Speake is a wife and homeschooling mother of three boys. 

Kelli Stuart is a writer and a storyteller at heart. She has written for several websites including The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, The MOB Society, (in)courage and Compassion International. She is the author of three books, including Like a River from Its Course (Kregel Publications, 2016) and a noted speaker. Stuart her husband live in Florida with their four children.

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Giveaway:

Join Wendy, Kelli, and other moms in celebrating the beauty of being a creative mom by entering to win the Called to Be Creative Giveaway (details below) and by attending their author chat party on October 27!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
One copy of:
Life Creative
The Gracelaced Personalizable Mom's Wreath
A handmade leather journal
A Starbucks gift card
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 10/27. The winner will be announced at the Life Creative Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Wendy, Kelli, and other creative moms, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 27th!

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